Lionel Messi’s Bride Antonella Roccuzzo: All You Need to Know

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Lionel Messi has known Argentinian beauty Antonella Roccuzzo since he was five-years-old.

The couple are pictured (above) moments after tying the knot on Friday, June 30. (photographer Andres Preumayr)

Both grew up in the northern Argentina town of Rosario – the scene of their wedding – and stayed in touch even after Messi left for Barcelona when he was 13. The first cousin of one of Messi’s best friends, Lucas Scaglia, Antonella has two children with the footballer,Thiago, 4, and Mateo, 1.

(Instagram/Antonella Roccuzzo)

The sweethearts married at the Pullman Hotel in Rosario on June 30 surrounded by 250 friends and family, including some of the biggest names in football.

Among those invited were Gerard Pique, Shakira, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Samuel Eto’o, Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. Sergio Aguero’s wife, Kariana, was asked to sing the couple’s first dance.

(Instagram/Carles Puyol)

Antonella is said to be particularly close to Chelsea midfielder Fabregas’s wife, Daniella Semaan.

(Instagram/Daniella Semaan)

Antonella grew up in the upper middle-class Bella Vista district and went to private school. Diego Vallejos, a childhood friend and neighbor, told AFP the pair met as children and Messi “fell in love at first sight.”
“They are the love of each others’ lives,” he added.
“We will always remember Antonella as being around this neighborhood and as being Messi’s girl,” said another friend, Franco Lentini.
(Instagram/Antonella Roccuzzo)
The romance started for real in 2007 after Messi returned to Rosario following the death of a close friend in a car accident. Two years later, the fiercely private star went public with the relationship, admitting: “Yes, I have a girlfriend. She is in Argentina. The truth is that I am well and I am relaxed.”
(Instagram/Lionel Messi)
Antonella’s father Jose is the owner of a chain of local supermarkets, Unico. He was formerly president of a regional supermarket owners’ association. He is also said to be a keen fan of Newell’s Old Boys – Messi’s boyhood club in Rosario.

Unlike her new husband, Antonella didn’t move far from home at first. She was a dentistry student at the National University of Rosario, although she didn’t finish her studies. She went on to graduate with a qualification in social communication.

(Instagram/Lionel Messi)

In December 2016, Antonella partnered with Sofia Balbi, the wife of Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, in a shoe store in Barcelona.

 

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